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Fire still burning at Montreal heritage building that once housed monastery

Last Updated May 26, 2023 at 8:45 am MDT

Firefighters respond to a five-alarm fire at the former Monastere du Bon Pasteur, a 19th century heritage building on Friday May 26, 2023 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christinne Muschi

MONTREAL — A major fire at a Montreal heritage building that broke out Thursday evening was still not out as of early today.

The fire broke out just before 5 p.m. at the Monastère du Bon-Pasteur, a 19th century former monastery, and quickly became a five-alarm blaze requiring the intervention of 150 firefighters.

The building located in the heart of downtown Montreal was built in 1846 and retained its religious vocation until the 1960s.

It was formally recognized as a heritage site in 1979 and now serves as a multiservice centre that includes a residence for seniors, a housing cooperative, a daycare centre and condominiums.

The chapel, located in the center of the complex, is now a concert hall that is part of the city’s cultural centre network.

Environment Canada has issued a special bulletin for poor air quality due to the smoke created by the fire.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 26, 2023.

The Canadian Press